According to Dr Tumukwasibwe, the focus of opposition-led accountability committees is Anti-corruption that includes misuse, diversion, embezzlement of public funds; stealing of public assets; nepotism in the recruitment of public servants and award of tenders and others.
But Byenkya objected to the payments saying that most of the said people have either been paid, are exaggerated, and some of them are non-existent. On Thursday, she unpacked files of the said landowners pointing out inconsistencies and irregularities in each of them. Byenkya said that some people have already been paid, others are exaggerating their property rates, while in some cases, the government is paying for hot air.
The legislators were this afternoon debating a motion moved by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda for a resolution of parliament to pay tribute to the late President of the United Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Joseph Magufuli for his dedicated service to the country and the East African region.
The commitment came after committee members tasked Musinguzi on how he is dealing with the highly connected and sophisticated theft and corruption in URA. A number of them said that the Authority was failing to perform due to high levels of corruption.
In a Zoom discussion with business reporters on Thursday, Maria Clara, the IMF country director for Uganda, said Kampala had promised to spend the money prudently but the Fund put conditions for its use. Corruption is still a prominent feature in Uganda, explaining why donors want to keenly see where their funds are spent.
In East Africa, Tanzania was also studied and researchers found at least $145m had been hidden by its elites. Researchers concluded that this was because politicians, elites and their cronies got access to aid money and instead of using it to work on projects that developed their countries, they hid it away for personal use.
Mayiga says there is need for the President to bring to book top corrupt government officials who seem to be untouchable. He observed that the NRM government has for the past 34 years devised ways to apprehend the corrupt but Ugandans are yet to be convinced by the results.
According to Dr Tusasirwe, the courts were initially not designed as rights enforcement mechanisms but as instruments of law and order and regulation of transactions such as business, land and marriage among others. He argues that in their current state, courts look at enforcement of rights as a secondary role.
In a place filled with top government officials, Oulanyah said that Ugandans are all guilty of abetting corruption, and called for internal reflection from everyone in order to stem corruption out of the country. Amidst cheers from the crowd, Oulanyah said it was time to stop the pretence and stop being corrupt.
Bamugemereire says that 50 per cent of the complaints recorded by the Inspectorate of Government are matters concerning irregularities in recruitment for jobs and failure to pay pension and salaries, among others, which can be handled at the local level.
The campaign leading to the National Integrity Awards is targeting individuals who exhibit acts of integrity, honesty, moral value. These may include, among others, people whose actions help the government to save money, that would otherwise have been lost, those who report issues of corruption and those helping people at the lowest levels.
Nassali was charged before the Anti-Corruption Court in August this year, for abuse of office and causing financial loss to the government after reportedly paying 33 million Shillings arbitrarily to AH Consulting Limited in the financial year 2014/2015.
Ambassador Malac said that Uganda needs to establish conditions that will better attract investment adding that money that is lost in the corruption chain could be used for building schools, improving healthcare, and fostering economic growth.